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Living With

Severe weather can occur anywhere in the country. No state is free from experiencing severe weather, Whether it is tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, or earthquakes, no state is free from experiencing severe weather.

The most important thing to remember about living with severe weather and its devasting after effects, is we are also living with God.

Immanuel = God With Us

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14
“Manger Set”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:22-23

God is with us, to comfort and guide us all the days of our lives.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

3 Years & 10 Months…

went into the making of this post.  

That is how long it has been since my life was turned upside down, inside out and backwards all at the same time.


For those new to my site, there are several, I figured a quick recap of what happened that brought me to this point in life.  

The List

  • Sudden death of my husband Joe in March 2008.
  • Being told because of his death, the odds of me becoming ill and dying within 2 years were great.  The doctor did not say how great and I was too shocked and chicken to ask but I got the impression it was at least 80%.  Try living with that fact for 2 years.  Things like that happen to old folks after 50, 60 years of marriage and not to someone who was married for only 14 years.
  • Being told I was losing my job – March 2009, the first day back from being off a week for the 1st anniversary of Joe’s passing.
  • Searching for a new position that utilizes my experiences of the past 3 years & 10 months.
  • Step-Father’s passing in September 2009.
  • Passing of Joe’s former boss and good friend in June 2010, from a stroke.  I said my “see you later” to her at the same hospital where Joe passed, luckily she was in a different intensive care wing.  Her funeral was held on what would have been mine and Joe’s 17th wedding anniversary.
  • Step-Mom and Dad moving back from New Mexico – April 2009.
  • Step-Mom’s passing January 2011.
  • Dad’s passing July 2011.
  • Handling Dad’s Estate which is thankfully about 95% done. 

That is a quickie recap of my action-packed life the past 3 years and 10 months. 

While it was not easy, it could have been a lot worse.  Life can always be worse.

Me & 2012

What it holds I do not know, nor do I want to know.  I am content with living in the here and now and being in the moment as much as possible no matter what I am doing.

I am optimistic and positive about this year.   I feel more clear-headed than ever and I thought that about last year.  It is like more of the grief fog has lifted.  Heck, I thought the grief fog left a long time ago.  Maybe it was a different type of fog clouding my brain.

There will be more action this year and hopefully it will not involve one or more funerals.  It will involve a new job.  It will see me have at least 1 date by year-end.


 It is going to be another good year.  How do I know?

Because –

 God is with me.

Knowing that brings me joy.



 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

In his Christmas Eve message Pastor Don mentioned Immanuel means “God with us.”

The key word being


God is not a visitor

He is with you as you read this post and with me as I write it.  He will be with Rommie and me tonight as we sleep. 

We will sleep well knowing He is there.

Will you?


“No matter how steep the mountain, the Lord is going to climb it with you.”

Helen Steiner Rice